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Drugovich takes Aston Martin’s reins on opening day of F1 test

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Aston Martin Calls Up Drugovich as Reserve Driver for the Opening Day of F1 Pre-Season Testing in Bahrain. In Stroll’s absence, Aston Martin handed over the reins to Drugovich for the first morning of the F1 test.

Felipe Drugovich, the Formula 2 champion, will replace the injured Lance Stroll and take over the driving duties for Aston Martin on the first day of the Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain.

The Aston Martin driver, Lance Stroll, has been prohibited from participating in the three-day pre-season testing in Bahrain due to injuries sustained in a “minor accident” while cycling in Spain, as stated by the team.

Stroll’s condition is being evaluated daily, and Aston Martin has yet to confirm if he will be able to return to the cockpit for the Bahrain season opener in early March.

As a result, Drugovich, who was signed as a reserve driver after his victory in F1’s main feeder series in 2022, will take advantage of the opportunity and drive during the morning session on Thursday, which is the first session of the test.

After Drugovich’s morning session, the team’s new recruit, Fernando Alonso, will take over during the afternoon. Alonso has already had a chance to drive the new AMR23 car during a Silverstone shakedown alongside Stroll.

The two-time Formula 1 champion has expressed his dissatisfaction with the limited pre-season testing time available to drivers, as they have only three days to share among the lineup.

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Typically, this means each race driver would have one day and a half of testing time. It remains unclear if Alonso will be granted any of the sessions that were originally designated for Stroll. Aston Martin has yet to confirm who will drive on Friday and Saturday.

Drugovich’s inclusion in the opening session is due to fellow reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne’s commitments with Formula E this weekend. The all-electric championship will take place in Cape Town, which is over 7,000km away from Bahrain.

Thus far, only three other teams have confirmed their driver lineups for the upcoming test. Max Verstappen, the reigning Formula 1 champion, will be driving for Red Bull on the first day of testing in Bahrain.

Williams will have Alex Albon drive during the opening session of the 2023 pre-season testing before handing over to rookie teammate Logan Sargeant. Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg will make his debut with Haas and drive during the first day of testing.

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